How about the Academy 1/32 Sopwith Camel? That dates back to 1990 as a Hobbycraft new tool and has been released under both Academy and Italeri labels.
This kit pre-dates the WNW kits of the same type by 27 years as a Hobbycraft release, and 17 years as an Academy release.
And yet WNW still came out with their Camels.
I'm not convinced WNW won't develop new kits that have already been kitted by other manufacturers.
I suspect that WNW started work on their Camels when it looked like Hobbycraft were ceasing production of the kit (the Academy and Italeri kits are the 'old' version), hence they crossover.
As for them developing other kits that have already seen the light of day, all we can do is take their word for it. This was Richard Alexander in June 2012 - relevent bits in bold (http://hyperscale.co...erviewdw_2.htm)
Q: Although the 2010 feature article on Wingnut Wings published on HyperScale stated there was no perceived need for a WNW Sopwith Camel due to the Hobbycraft kit, the Hobbycraft model is now unobtainable and many believe a Camel is a ‘natural” for Wingnut. Can you advise if Wingnut is working on a Camel? If not why not?
A: I can advise that we are not working on a Camel. Why not? Because we are currently working on models of aircraft from the Great War that have never been modelled in 1/32 scale. But this does not rule out the Camel (or any other subject for that matter) for sometime in the future. Never say never. (Note: WNW announced their Camel in June 2015)
Q: Would it then be correct to also say you are not doing a Fokker Dr.I ?
A: Yes, we are not working on a Fokker Dr.I. But just as I said for the Camel, who knows what the future will hold? Never say never.
Q: The Ukrainian company Roden has reportedly retreated from 1/32 scale due to the quality/ price benefits of Wingnut kits. This effectively leaves Wingnut as the sole surviving mainstream 1/32 scale WWI aircraft kit manufacturer. How do you feel about that?
A: It's important not to forget that Roden still produce 18 great 1/32 WWI aircraft models (and 6 engines), not to mention the others available from Amodel, Special Hobby and Hobbycraft etc. So really, we cannot be considered 'the sole remaining mainstream 1/32 WWI aircraft manufacturer' and I feel that this statement is doing these other highly capable companies a great disservice. If they are no longer producing new models it does mean that eventually all the significant gaps in the 1/32 WWI aircraft available will be modelled by us.
Q: Are there plans to issue kits of French, Italian and Austro-Hungarian subjects?
A: We started with a long list of subjects to model but during the intervening years many of those were announced and released by other manufacturers before we could start ours. Sometimes, like in the case of the SE.5a, DH.2 and Sopwith Triplane, our models were already well into the development stage before they were announced by Roden so we continued with our effort.
For those that decry the availability of French subjects in 1/32 scale, it should be noted that there are 15 French 1/32 WWI aircraft models currently available. This fares well against the 10 German and 8 British aircraft models currently available from Wingnut Wings.
Edited by vince14, 13 February 2018 - 02:47 PM.